Making Naturally Decarbed Cannabis Oil
Making naturally decarbed oil is a bit of a waiting game that will take around 4 months for it to become ‘’active’’. It’s much like aging a fine wine and it also seems that the longer it is aged the better it will be. There is probably a point of diminishing returns but we haven’t found it yet and the longer we leave it the better it seems to become.
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Around half an ounce or 14 grams is a great amount to test this method out.
Put the herb in a mason jar in the freezer for around 24 hours. This freezes the bud and makes the trichomes (crystals where most of the therapeutic value is held) brittle and they will easily fall off and dissolve into the alcohol solution.
To make this oil we will need a safe solvent. Everclear grain alcohol is available in most states and we are looking for the 95% (192 proof) alcohol one.
If you cannot get Everclear there is a good chance you will still be able to get Spirytus Polish Vodka which is also 95% alcohol. Put your bottle of alcohol in the freezer for 24 hours too.
Once they have been in the freezer for 24 hours pour 95% Everclear or Polish vodka into the Mason jar until it covers the buds. Around 140ml is usually spot on.
You want to cover the buds and add a little more so that the buds are saturated. Put this back in the freezer and leave it there for a few days. A couple times a day it’s a good idea to take it out and give it a good shake.
Being in the freezer the amount of chlorophyll that is stripped from the plant material will be limited but considering this is not for recreational use or for looking to beat a serious disease we don’t really mind a bit of plant waxes and chlorophyll in our tincture as we strive to get the maximum amount of cannabinoids and terpenes for effective pain relief.
Leaving it soaking in alcohol for long periods of time will affect the taste somewhat but that is a small price to pay for safe broad spectrum pain relief.
7 Days is probably more than sufficient but you could leave it for longer or shorter if you wish. We would suggest not leaving it for any less than 48 hours.
Once this is done, you simply strain the alcohol using a kitchen sieve and collect the infused alcohol solution. In order to get out the remaining tincture give it a good press with the back of a spoon.
You will inevitably end up with some solid flakes of bud material in your tincture solution so to clean it up; a single run through a coffee filter should do the job.
You now have your tincture ready for storage and natural activation (decarb). From several lab results we have been privy to it seems as though the activation starts happening around the 3 month mark but the longer it is left the better the medicine seems to become.
From 90 days onwards you can sample it and see if it helps. If it does, great you may be getting relief from a more balanced profile of decarbed and un-decarbed Cannabinoids.
We have good reason to suspect it will only get better for pain relief the longer you leave it and the more active it becomes.
If it works wonders then use it, if not store it away until at least the 4 month mark. Several people we have interviewed reckon that it is amazing at around month 6 but still very effective at around month 4.
During the natural decarb process there is a build up of gas and it will pop like a can of soda that has been slightly shaken. Obviously this is not good if it is stored in a small bottle as it could mess all over the place.
We recommend that the tincture be placed in an oversized mason jar to prevent this from happening. Once it has fully decarbed you can transfer it to smaller vials with droppers for easy dosage and portability.
Always store your tincture in a cool dark place. Remember we are trying to avoid exposure to heat to preserve our terpenes and light, especially sunlight will deteriorate the cannabinoids. Oxygen can also degrade Cannabinoids so try to limit opening the bottle for no good reason. If you are going to be sampling it as you go along it would be better to take some out at the start and use it as a sample bottle. The rest should stay shut in a separate bottle so that it can naturally activate without interruption.
How to Dose Naturally Decarbed Cannabis Oil?
It’s all about what works for you. If you like the idea of having a lower chance of over-medicating you can keep it quite diluted and micro-dose throughout the day to ensure you don’t get too high.
If you want it stronger it’s simply a matter of evaporating some of the alcohol down so that it becomes more concentrated.
To do this you could blow a fan over it. While the risk of explosion is minute using this method, we prefer to just cover it with a stocking so that no airborne impurities can contaminate it and to let it evaporate off naturally.
Keep a close eye on it and give it a swirl every now and again so that you don’t end up with a sticky ring of extract around the jar from where it has stuck to the sides.
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